The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 1

Stark Raving Dad (19 Sep. 1991)

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Homer accidentally lands in a mental hospital and ends up sharing a room with a white man who thinks he is Michael Jackson.

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Bart Simpson / Kearney (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Apu / Moe Szyslak (voice)
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Leon Kompowsky (singing voice)
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Leon Kompowsky (voice) (as John Jay Smith)
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Bart puts his lucky red cap in the laundry, turning Homer's white shirt pink. When he wears the pink shirt to work, Homer is sent to a mental institution where his roommate is a big fat white guy who believes himself to be Michael Jackson. Homer's roommate and Bart collaborate on a song for Lisa's birthday-which she believes to be the best present she ever got. Written by Tiff Banks

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This was the second time that a major celebrity guest appeared on the series. The first was Dustin Hoffman who appeared in The Simpsons: Lisa's Substitute (1991) credited as "Sam Etic". Following Jackson's use of a pseudonym, the producers no longer allowed celebrities to use fake names. See more »

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Leon Kompowsky: You know Bart, when I was growing up I didn't have much money. So you know what I did every time my sisters' birthdays rolled around?
Bart: Stiffed them?
Leon Kompowsky: No Bart, I wrote them a song to show them I cared.
Bart: I can't write a song! I'm only ten.
Leon Kompowsky: ONLY ten?, When I was your age, I had six Gold records.
Bart: Hey, Looney Tunes!
[pulls out the Thriller album]
Bart: THIS is what Michael Jackson looks like! You just look like a big, fat mental patient!
Leon Kompowsky: You'd be amazed how often I hear that, Bart.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Beat It
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Written by Michael Jackson
Performed by Nancy Cartwright
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An Excellent Start to the Third Season!
1 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of the third season of the Simpsons and after a lackluster finale to the second season, the third season is starting off very strong. This episode is funny and actually musical-based. We get a guest talent from the late Michael Jackson who actually sings an original song here. Plus we get good cultural references and I was reminded of one of the great films of 1975, One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

In this episode, "Stark-Raving Dad," Bart mixes his red hat in the laundry thus making Homer's shirt white. When he goes into work with the pink shirt, Mr. Burns declares him a "free-thinking anarchist," and sends him to a mental institution. There he meets this guy who claims to be Michael Jackson and together they forge a friendship.

Overall, this is an excellent episode and actually is really touching. Michael's song is a really good song and it's a shame the Simpsons tried to keep his guest appearance quiet. I rate this episode 9/10.


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